Rivalries will continue in the Battery World Aussie Racing Car Super Series this weekend as the popular series makes its way to the Queensland Raceway for the second round of the 2023 season.
A strong field of 33 drivers will line-up on the grid come Friday afternoon when the series takes the track for the first time as a support category for the third round of the mi-bike Motorcycle Insurance Australian Superbike Championship presented by Motul (ASBK).
Friday will host both the practice and qualifying sessions before the racing action kicks off from 11:40am AEST on Saturday, which will feature the first of four 12-lap races spread across two days.
Off the back of four wins in the opening round of the season at the Thrifty Newcastle 500, Joel Heinrich will be looking to separate himself from the chasing pack in the standings and stamp his authority as a serious threat for the 2023 title.
Although, he will have the reigning champion Joshua Anderson searching for redemption after falling short of the Osborn’s Transport driver during the many tight contests on the streets of Newcastle.
Anderson’s CoolDrive Racing teammate Reece Chapman is only a further point behind, as he looks to keep the pressure on the current front runners and keep the title fight is still wide open.
Newcastle proved a successful weekend for Kent Quinn in the Masters Cup and class leader will be debuting a new Norganic Proteins Ford Mustang in Queesland Raceway as he looks to extend his advantage over his closest rivals in Troy Jones and Brett Osborn.
The fight for the Rookie Cup will also continue as Anthony Di Mauro attempts to further extend his lead at the front of the standings while holding off Kody Garland, Scott Dornan and Nathan Williams - who all achieved notable results in the opening round.
Garland was one of the brightest lights in March’s opening round as he fought his way through the field after an incident on the first lap of race one ruined any chance of competing for the race win.
The 2019 rookie of the year is eager to get going at the Queensland Raceway and is confident of a good result.
“I’m feeling quite good about this weekend, we know there’s a lot of speed in our car and I expect it is going to be a very close field,” Garland said.
“The racing is already really tight in the category, so a track like Queensland Raceway only amplifies that with its long straights. I’ve been to QR in the TCR since my last Aussie Racing Car event there in 2019 and so I have got a great understanding of the characteristics of the track.
“In terms of the car, it was obviously quite fast down in Newcastle. We will be looking for some different traits out of it however for this round, with the two circuits being quite different from one another.
“It’s all about high speed, long straights and some big braking zones for round two, compared to the stop-start nature of Newcastle.
“It’s a good event for me to be doing, just a couple weeks out from TCR returning for round two after a big break so I’m eager to get back into the right mindset to go racing.”
Topping the list of new entries to feature in the event will be former Porsche Michelin Sprint Challenge race winner Lachlan Bloxsom, who will represent Team Navy in the Camaro.
The race weekend will also feature a warm welcome for the returning James Ward, as the 2004 champion takes the track for the first time since 2010 as he replaces Scott Gore in the ASAP Marketing Ford Mustang.
For those wishing to attend the event, tickets can still purchased on the ASBK website
The second round of the Battery World Aussie Racing Cars Super Series will take place at the Queensland Raceway on 28-30 April.